Rainbow-colored vegetables and fruits occupy center-table in any healthy meal plan. Now, colored rice has also gained limelight along with these. Scientists are researching the use of brown, purple and red rice in averting diabetes.
Glucose management and intake play a critical role in monitoring the health of individuals with diabetes. These people don’t have the ability to produce insulin by themselves and this can lead to elevated glucose levels in the blood. When insulin levels are not properly managed, diabetes can end up in heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and nerve damage of the individual.
Testing the Mice Cells
Scientists tested the impact of brown, red and purple rice bran on mice fat cells to test the impact on diabetes. The study showed that colored rice increased glucose uptake in mice fat cells that were fed with these bran extracts. The glucose levels also depended on the color of the rice bran: it doubled with purple bran extracts and tripled when mice fat cells were exposed to red rice bran extracts. If you want to know the nutritional content present in different colored rice, you can get information on them at www.firsteatright.com.
Hence, while colored rice shows significant positive changes in the diabetes values of individuals, scientists proclaimed that further research might be needed to know its positive effects on humans as well.
Contaminated food or water paves way for pathogenic parasites, bacteria, chemicals and toxins causing more than 200 diseases ranging from diarrhea to cancer. The high-risk group includes children, elderly people, pregnant women and individuals with lowered immunity. Updating yourself on the food safety practices to follow while preparing food reduces your risk of food poisoning and helps you stay healthy. Follow these guidelines to ensure food safety:
Keep Everything Clean
Make it a point to wash your hands before food preparation, after handling raw meat or poultry, after touching face or hair and after sneezing, coughing or using the bathroom. Hand washing techniques are clearly explained in detail in the website www.firsteatright.com. Replace your kitchen sponge for a washcloth as it is easier to launder. None of us love to clean the fridge. But keep your fridge all neat and tidy by cleaning it every few weeks. This helps to remove potentially hazardous residue from raw meat and poultry, soil from vegetables and also helps you get rid of spoilt leftovers that can otherwise make you sick.
What Goes onto the Top & What Goes onto the Bottom?
Place ready-to-eat foods at the top counter of the fridge. Keep foods such as raw meat and poultry that may ooze bacteria-laden juices at the bottom of the fridge to minimize contamination. Also store food in containers or in paper bags to avoid cross-contamination and use foods within a couple of days of purchase.
Use a Thermometer to Check Internal Temperature
One out of every four hamburgers turn brown before it’s fully cooked. Hence it is safest to use a food safety thermometer to check the internal temperature of the cooked food instead of relying totally on the color of the food. Accurate temperature readings can be fetched by inserting the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. Avoid inserting the thermometer into the bones or the bottom of the pan as these can give a false temperature reading. Use an alcohol swab to clean the thermometer after use and keep it a point to reheat leftovers until they’re piping hot.
Keep Hot Foods Hot & Cold Foods Cold
During hot summer days, keep the food items in a cooler on your ride back home from the supermarket. Pick out cold and frozen foods as the last shopping items in your shopping list. Thaw foods inside the fridge and not on the counter. Keep hot foods piping hot until served and cold foods very cold as intermediate temperature foods are in the “danger zone” at which microbes can multiply rapidly.
Wash Food Materials with Running Water
Don’t hesitate to clean water filters, coffee makers and refrigerator water dispensers with a 50-50 water and white vinegar solution to prevent mold buildup. Always purchase raw foods from clean sources and wash the produce before chopping and eating. Food safety is important for any of us. If you even have the slightest doubt that some food is unsafe to eat, just don’t consume it. It is much more better to throw it out.
Knowing how to stop bleeding in an injured person can save the life of the individual. People often bleed to death in less than 3 minutes with bad injuries. Techniques to control bleeding can be taught with virtually nothing. When equipped with such knowledge, you can help in times when you are the first one on the scene to a car accident, kitchen knife injury, hunting accident or a traumatic farm injury. Read more on trauma care at www.firsteatright.com.
Before you help someone, assure your own safety as none of us want to put our life in danger in order to help another person. Next, to relieve a bleeding person in distress, follow the ABCs of response to a bleeding injury.
A for alert. Call ambulance 102
B for bleeding. Find the injury that is the root cause for bleeding.
C for compression. Stop bleeding by applying pressure to the bleeding area with a clean cloth or wound packing.
It is generally advised to lock your elbows and push on the area to stop bleeding. But this method is not effective for chest or abdomen bleeds.
Many individuals feel that HIV and AIDS are one and the same. But there is a monumental difference between the two! While HIV is a virus, AIDS is the last stage of HIV infection.
HIV is a virus that spreads through body fluids and affects the body’s immune system, mostly the CD4 cells (T cells). As time progresses, the virus attacks many of these cells making the body unable to protect itself from infections and diseases. CD4 cells help the immune system fight against infections and the virus mainly reduces the number of CD4 cells in the body. Reduction in the total count of these cells damages the immune system making it harder for the body to stay away from diseases. You can eat immune-boosting foods to help increase immunity levels in your body. Have a complete list of the healthy immune-boosting foods by visiting the website www.firsteatright.com.
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) if left untreated. Never can our body get rid of the virus completely even with treatment. A person once infected with HIV becomes infected for life.
AIDS is the most severe phase of HIV infection. As HIV infection advances to AIDS, the amount of HIV in the body increases and the number of CD4 cells in the body decreases. One good news is that, by using HIV medicines, you can prevent HIV from progressing to AIDS. But, without any medications for HIV, it advances to AIDS in about 10 to 12 years. If the disease is diagnosed in the preliminary stages and treated, the patient can live nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.
Dietitian Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.